Tim “Ripper” Owens disagrees with people that think Ronnie James Dio wouldn’t have liked Hologram
Dio Returns, Dio Disciples and A New Revenge, and former Judas Priest and Yngwie J. Malmsteen, singer Tim “Ripper” Owens was recently interviewed by Sleaze Roxx‘s long-time contributor Ruben Mosqueda for KNAC.
Owens was asked his thoughts on people that think the Dio Returns Tour with the Hologram is a “cash grab” or done for the wrong reasons. Owens replied (with slight edits):
“[Laughs] I know I have heard that too. Listen, if Wendy Dio wants to do a ‘cash grab’ she would just sit at home because she owns the rights to the music, she can just wait for it to rain money! She’s spending a lot of money to make this happen and why is she doing this? She’s doing this to make the fans happy.
Listen, I don’t think anyone is saying that Freddie Mercury’s estate is doing a ‘cash grab’ since the movie was released [Bohemian Rhapsody]. This is much less of a ‘cash grab’ than someone forming a Queen tribute band, because that’s people doing it just for the money! [laughs] If someone is dressing up as Freddie Mercury, I’m not saying it’s wrong or something, I’m all for entertainment, but that is for money. What really gets me is when people say stuff like, “Well, Ronnie wouldn’t like that”. Listen, just because you bought the records, and you sang “Holy Diver”in your bedroom as a kid, doesn’t mean that you knew Ronnie Dio.
We are the friends and the family of Ronnie, we feel that Ronnie would have loved this because it is about the fans. Ronnie was always about trying to make the fans happy and I don’t know how people are missing that point. The point being, that we’re doing just what Ronnie would have done and that is making the fans happy. I understand people may not initially ‘like’ the idea, I don’t like something, but I will gives things a try before I pan it. I personally would love to see a David Bowie hologram show, I never got a chance to see a Bowie show and to me that would be exciting. I would love the chance to see a him do Ziggy Stardust and all the various phases of his career. I don’t use a flip phone, I don’t listen to cassettes, I move with the times and this is moving with the times.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Tim “Ripper” Owens at KNAC‘s website.